1014 State Legislative Update
Updated On: Oct 16, 2020

Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014

Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers,
Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Fire Prevention, Forestry

and Health Haz Mat Personnel

Brothers & Sisters,

Your Local 1014 Executive Board has been very busy on the legislative front lobbying support from Assembly and Senate members in our District.  

As we have said many times, political action is the most powerful tool we have to ensure that our members have the benefits, wages, and working conditions they need to remain safe and healthy as we serve the public. In order for our firefighter-sponsored bills to pass we need both sides of the house, both parties, and the Governor’s support.  Your Local 1014 Executive Board works constantly to ensure that our elected officials at every level of government understand the issues for our members as well as the benefits vs cost to get it done. This your Executive Board weighed in on every bill through our robust advocacy efforts to ensure that every State Senator, Assemblymember, and the Governor embraced these bills and their passage into law. 

Thank you to the California Professional Firefighters (CPF) Legislative Team and all our brother and sister affiliates for the hard work. COVID-19 made things even more difficult to navigate with communication and meetings being done virtually, but we got it done! Take a look at the list of firefighter-sponsored legislation that has been signed into law this year below.

  • AB 1544 (Gipson) – Community Paramedicine or Triage to Alternate Destination Act (Status: Signed by Governor)  AB 1544 creates the Community Paramedicine or Triage to Alternate Destination Act, which authorizes a local emergency medical services agency (LEMSA) to develop and seek approval for a program that provides the following community paramedic or triage paramedic services: directly observed therapy for patients with Tuberculosis; case management services for frequent EMS users; care and comfort services for hospice patients; triage and assessment services to authorize transport to an alternate destination facility, including a mental health facility or sobering center.  Importantly, the bill provides a public safety first right of refusal for community paramedicine programs. 
  • SB 1044 (Allen) – Firefighting equipment and foam: PFAS chemicals (Status: Signed by Governor) SB 1044 phases out the use of Class B firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals, with some time limited exceptions, and requires notification of the presence of intentionally added PFAS in the personal protective equipment of firefighters. PFAS are a family of synthetic chemicals that are widely recognized as being harmful to human health and the environment and have been dubbed “forever chemicals” for their persistence in both the body and natural systems. Special thanks to our own 1014 Brother Derek Urwin who advocated strongly for this bill together with Senator Allen. 
  • AB 2967 (O’Donnell) – Public Employee’s Retirement System: contracting agencies: exclusion from membership (Status: Signed by Governor)  AB 2967 expressly prohibits employers from amending their contracts to exclude a class of employees from CalPERS coverage that were previously otherwise included.  
  • AB 2068 (Petrie-Norris) – Voluntary tax contributions: California Firefighters Memorial Fund: California Police Officer Memorial Foundation Fund (Status: Signed by Governor) Since the construction of the California Firefighters Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol to honor our fallen firefighters, California’s taxpayers have been granted the opportunity to directly support the maintenance of the memorial through the California Firefighters Memorial Fund. AB 2068 extends the sunset of this tax check-off program through January 1, 2028.
  • SB 1159 (Hill) – Workers’ compensation: COVID-19: critical workers (Status: Signed by Governor) SB 1159 establishes a rebuttable presumption for injuries including illness or death resulting from COVID-19 within the workers’ compensation system. This presumption would cover employees who contract COVID-19 through the course of their employment, including firefighters, police officers, and healthcare workers, beginning on or after July 6, 2020 until the sunset date of January 1, 2023. 
  • AB 1867 – Small employer family leave mediation: supplemental paid sick leave (Status: Signed by Governor) AB 1867 provides supplemental paid sick leave to emergency workers who were excluded from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, ensuring that firefighters who are exposed to or infected with COVID-19 are able to take supplemental sick leave without burning their own accrued sick time. This law applies to firefighters and other emergency workers who are subject to a quarantine order from a governmental entity, a healthcare provider, or their employer due to concerns regarding transmission of the disease. Firefighters who had been scheduled to work an excess of 80 hours for the two weeks before their leave will be granted supplemental sick leave in the amount of the hours they were scheduled to work for those two weeks. This bill took effect immediately upon being signed by the Governor. The Department of Industrial Relations developed an FAQ on the implementation of this law that can be found HERE.
  • AB 685 (Reyes) – COVID-19: Imminent hazard to employees: exposure: notification: serious violations (Status: Signed by Governor)  AB 685 requires that employers give workers notice of workplace exposure to COVID-19 within one business day and report outbreaks consisting of 3 cases within 14 days to the local public health officer for inclusion in the state database. 

As always stay safe and take care of each other. 

 In Solidarity and Strength,

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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